On the Charts: Dave Matthews Band, Little Big Town, and The Avett Brothers start strong
The Dave Matthews Band’s new album Away from the World easily debuted atop the Billboard 200 this week, shifting 266,000 copies.
By debuting at No. 1, DMB became the first group in history to launch six straight albums in the top spot, though it should be noted that Away started substantially smaller than their 2009 set Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which moved 424,000 units in its first week.
Still, the alt-rock jam band makes the bulk its money on the road — and they’ve clearly got loyal fans.
Time will tell how resilient the DMB record ends up being, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers:
Little Big Town: The country foursome, whose motorboatin’ single “Pontoon” is the current No. 1 song on the country chart, had its best sales week ever with their fifth album Tornado, which debuted at No. 2 after selling 113,000 copies. It’s a validating tally for the much-respected, if not always commercially blockbuster band.
Bob Dylan: Hey, look who it is! The folk icon debuted in third place (all six of the top six albums this week were debuts — the last time that happened was 2003) selling 110,000 of Tempest. It’s his fifth straight Top 10 album.
The Avett Brothers: The Americana troupe, who memorably performed with Dylan and Mumford and Sons at the 2011 Grammy Awards, had their best sales week ever by far — starting at No. 4 with 98,000 units of their seventh full-length disc The Carpenter. The North Carolina band formerly peaked at No. 16 with their 2009 album I And Love And You, which started with 40,000. Remarkably, the Avett Brothers’ lead single “Live and Die” isn’t currently charting on any chart. Folk fans like full albums.
The xx: The British rock act rounded out the Top 5 by shifting 73,000 editions of their sophomore album Coexist — marking yet another best-ever sales week. Their buzzy debut peaked at No. 92 in 2010.
Maroon 5: Although “Payphone” stalled at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for six weeks, the follow-up single “One More Night” topped the singles chart, displacing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which dropped to No. 2.
Pink: The biting pop mainstay earned her seventh Top 5 single with “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” which ticked up 6-5 this week. Her album The Truth About Love is expected to top the Billboard 200 next week with sales in the 200,000-range.
Carly Rae Jepsen: Call Me Maybe… or maybe not. The Canadian starlet’s new single “This Kiss,” which follows her No. 1 smash “Call Me Maybe” and her Top 10 hit “Good Time,” debuted rather unremarkably at No. 86 on the Hot 100. It will almost definitely climb further, but it does suggest that listeners may have been engaged more by Jepsen’s song than the artist herself. Her debut album Kiss is projected to sell a lukewarm 40,000 copies in its first week.
Check back next week for more music chart winners and losers!
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